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MeadWestvaco Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  • No one is willing to comment on that part (in 4 reviews)

  • There weren't many cons besides the fact they layed off employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Too many hours, too many men"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer

    Pros

    Lots of people in many age ranges, including new college graduates.

    Cons

    Too many hours - easily hit your 16 hour max per day. Many of the men don't think women should be working in tech fields.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Short Stay"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Product Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technologies and product portfolio attracted me to the company. They seemed like leaders in their markets and asked me to develop new products for them. Good feel for a few weeks.

    Cons

    VP was threatened by me and had me fired for no reason. Poor leadership and paranoid atmosphere emerged with the training sessions. Training seemed to focus on the "Be Bold" mantra which covered up that the company wanted only conformists and those who feared bold!

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with staff and try to end the old MWV paranoia of employers and employees. Focus on the real Bold leaders and promote an open and honest company.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Became more dysfunctional over time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits and a beautiful office location overlooking the river.

    Cons

    Bad leadership. Buddy system; if you aren't in, you're out.

    Advice to Management

    You aren't as smart as you think. The world has changed since you went to college 40 years ago. Back stabbing politics, hostile work environment, sexism, elitism on the 9th floor, never ending in-fighting.


  4. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Columbus, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None cause there is nothing good about making pennies when less then a 100 yards there making $40 hours doing less

    Cons

    Poor management and planning threw out the plant

    Advice to Management

    Just quit cause all of them are really annoying and not even close to what a management team is supposed to be


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary, insurance effective from day 1

    Cons

    cold, impersonal. Hard to get promoted. Advancement is based on who you know rather than what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Employee work-life balance needs to be valued more by management.


  6. "Don't work for them through Manpower for the Carbon plant."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Covington, VA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Covington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some nice people, and there is always something for you to do or work on.

    Cons

    The quality department is severely lacking in their quality of leadership. MWV company does not care about employees below a certain paygrade and all Manpower employees are below that paygrade, you will also never be hired on full time from Manpower to MWV as it is much cheaper for MWV to employ people through Manpower. Almost everyone there has a jock mentality from high school, especially management. This is also a high stress environment and if you are a Manpower Employee working for MWV you are likely working with someone who wants a slave instead of an employee.

    Advice to Management

    To lower the stress values of current employees serious consideration should be given to hiring more employees. The people I worked with are stressed to the point of requiring medical attention and the only way to lower their stress values would be to hire more people to take on some of their duties.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Innovation Leader"

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    Current Employee - Innovation Lead in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Innovation Lead in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Several experienced professionals with long tenure.

    Cons

    executive management out of touch with employees. executive strategy changing every quarter without good reason.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and treat them as well as you treat the Board.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Run, Do not walk, AWAY FROM this place"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very few, old school mentality, 8-5 environment, no future career path. Run by some of the least qualified people. Company will be taken over or merged in the near future to survive

    Cons

    Horrible HR practices, no life balance, no bonuses to workers but 9th floor fat cats got paid while laying off people who made the company profitable after self inflicted wounds from the 9th floor

    Advice to Management

    Step down before you further destroy the company. Have mercy on it and merge or let a take over happen. The Luke reign is over.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Department Is Not Nice Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MeadWestvaco full-time

    Pros

    Overall decent place to work, clients are friendly, smart and usually willing to work with you. Salaries are OK. Benefits are good. Free parking which is unusual for downtown Richmond. Nice cafeteria and gym onsite.

    Cons

    The management of the Legal Department are old fashioned, bad communicators and there are very few good managers. It has the feel of a Northeastern Law firm where hierarchy reigns, resistance to change is high and problems are ignored (if you don't like it here just leave). They talk a good game for being inclusive and concerned about making it a good place to work but they are so in their box and just satisfied with the fact that the work is getting done. The reality is that most people, not all, are overworked and very unhappy and but for the bad economy of the last several years turn-over in this department would have been much higher.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 reviews for all managers and include the contractors in the evaluations because some of them have been here longer than most employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poorly run company with a joke leadership team"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MeadWestvaco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employees are great....that's about it.

    Cons

    It's a very hierarchical company...you don't dare go near where the leadership sits on the 9th floor at their Richmond HQ. They try to seem like a progressive company, but they are very old school corporate; they overlook great employees and promote their favorites; certain people are protected, even when they engage in bad behavior; they've been losing business so they are laying off people and not treating them with respect, not letting them work for a little while until their job goes away; they keep passing off healthcare costs to employees while employing a concierge doctor for their executives.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top...that's where the companies' issues stem from; treat your employees like you value them; don't keep executes around on "special projects" when they don't succeed at their job.


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